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Kush Film Boutique
Membership Terms & Conditions

 

Welcome to Membership of the Kush Film Boutique, get ready to start enjoying your special membership benefits. Here are your Terms and Conditions.

Terms & Conditions:
Membership covers a 1-year (12-month) period and this reduced membership offer will officially start from the date you make payment and sign-up to our database. In that membership period we will endeavour to organise at least 12 Kush FB screenings, if we do not put on 12 Kush FB film screenings in any given 12-month period of membership, we will take this into consideration and look at what options are available to us. We will always seek to make sure you get value for money. But if we do organise more than 12 screenings in a 12-month period covering  your membership and you have had the opportunity of attending those events and you personally choose not to attend any particular screenings, then we will not be obliged to extend any more screenings to you in that 12-month period. At the end of 12 months you membership will expire and be due for renewal.

Members will be allowed to bring along one (1) guest with them to each screenings that guest will be charged an admission fee of £12; the regular admission charge for non-members (someone who is not accompanying a member) is £15.

Your Film Boutique membership will only apply specifically to Kush ‘Film Boutique’ branded events at the Regent Street Cinema, London or Whirled Cinema, Brixton (we may add other venues that entertain Film Boutique events at a later date. Please note we may hold other film related events that are not Film Boutique events; i.e. film premieres for a filmmaker or film distributor that is a paid consultancy job).

Please note that the Kush Film Boutique will restart on Thursday 15th February 2018, we will have all your details on file in our Members Database through you signing-up to that database. Your new Membership card and terms and conditions will be sent out to you within 10 working days of signing up to our Membership Database and we will endeavour to make sure you have your card before the next screening date (be advised; even without a membership card you are unequivocally confirmed as a member once the required payment is received and you sign-up to the email database, so not to worry as we will have your details on record).

Membership cards must be signed upon receipt and must not be given to any other person to use. (Members abusing any of the terms and conditions will lose their membership privileges and membership may be revoked).

Cancellations: Membership must be cancelled within 14 days of making your payment .You will only receive a full refund if you not have attended any screenings as a member. You will not be able to cancel your membership once the 14 days expire (cancellations will incur a charge of £20 for administration purposes).

Complaints:
All enquiries or complaints in regards to membership and payments should always be made in writing via email to Kush Promotions & PR and then if necessary you can follow this up with a telephone call, please use the contact details below:

Email: Members@kushfilms.com
Tel: 0203 070 3200 / Mobile: 07961 977 749

Kush Promotions & PR Ltd
Whirled Arts
259 Hardess Street
London
SE24 0HN

Welcome once again to membership of the UK’s No1 urban & black film club. Next year we celebrate 20 years and look forward to bringing you the best Film Boutique events possible.

Any queries please feel free to call Marlon Palmer on: 07961 977 749 or 0203 070 3200

Kush Pays Tribute to The Greatest @ The Film Boutique 14 July

 

The UK’s No 1 Exhibition Platform of Urban Films the
‘Film Boutique’ Presents a Tribute to ‘The Greatest’

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Kush Films the UK’s No 1 exhibitor of urban films continues the current season of films with two great film nights at the Film Boutique and the Regent Street Cinema, London. We invite film fans to join us on Thursday 14th July (7.30pm / films: 8.30pm) for a special tribute to ‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali with a screening of the ® Oscar winning documentary ‘When We Were Kings’ featuring the Ali vs Foreman fight which is regarded as one of the greatest boxing upsets in history. This fantastic documentary also features the historic ‘Soul-Power’ music concert which was part of the build-up around the fight featuring iconic musicians such as ‘The Godfather’ James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba and others.

As a bonus patrons will not only get to relive this historic occasion they will also be entertained by the young actors of the North London based BAP theatre group with two short dramatic Ali tribute performances. There will also be poetry from the talented Nat Nye, this is a one-off event so don’t miss this fantastic tribute to the greatest iconic sportsman that ever lived Muhammad Ali.

Date: Thursday 14th July
Time: 7.30pm (networking in bar) for 8.30pm start
Tickets: £15 (students: £11)
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent street, London, W1B 2UW

Bookings: www.regentstreetcinema.com
Tel: 0207 911 5050

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When We Were Kings (PG)
On October 30, 1974, perhaps the most famous heavyweight championship boxing match of all time took place in Kinshasa, Zaire: the “Rumble in the Jungle” between champion George Foreman and challenger Muhammad Ali. In historical footage and new interviews, this documentary explores the relationship between African-Americans and the African continent during the Black Power era in terms of both popular culture and international politics, including the brutality of then-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

Zaire 74 Music concert: was a three-night-long music festival to hype the fight and took place on September 22–24, 1974 and included in Africa for the first time performances by; James Brown, Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, The Spinners, Bill Withers, The Crusaders, and Manu Dibango as documented in the 2008 film ‘Soul Power’.

Director: Leon Gast
USA/1997 / 1hr 29 mins / PG

Featuring: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, James Brown, Spike Lee, B.B. King

The Kush Film Boutique Video Highlights 2016

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Watch all the video highlights from our 2016 ‘Film Boutique’ Film Club Event.

The Film Boutique happens each month at the plush Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW.

Join us for the best in indie and mainstream films, Celebrity guests, Fellow filmmakers & Genuine Film-loving patrons supporting the work Kush has done over the last 18 years building a platform for urban filmmakers.  .

 

If you have a short or feature film please let us know as we may want to screen your film at the renowned Film Boutique.

We can also support UK and International distribution and marketing of the right films where there is a working budget specifically for distribution/marketing.

Send films/trailers to: info@kushfilms.com
Tel: + 44 (0) 203 070 3200 / + 44 (0) 7961 977 749

 

Hard Time Bus – Romance at Kush Film Boutique – 17 March 2016

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We are back and in full swing with the UK’s leading exhibition platform for urban/black films; the people’s favourite film club the ‘Kush Film Boutique’ 

Join us in March for fun and games (find a gentlemen seat-filler), enjoy lovely soft soul and reggae music in the bar from our DJ, Take part in our filmmakers Q&A and get ready for the after-film panel discussion on the hot topic of “Relationship Commitment” led by comedian Kojo – Oh and don’t forget the great new British Romantic Drama Hard Time Bus.

This all takes place at our new London home the plush and historic Regent Street Cinema (the UK’s historical first ever cinema where the first film ever screened in the UK by the pioneer Lumière Brothers was screened in 1896).

Join us for our next exciting fun-filled romance-themed screening event on Thursday 17th March 2016.


Kush Films
presents a UK exclusive screening of award-winning indie brit-flik Hard Time Bus.
This award-winning romantic-drama focusses on the relationship issue of long-term commitment, an issue that affects many a relationship in 2016.

HardTime_Bus_PosterSo come along and join in the debate as after this film; there will be a special panel discussion on present day ‘Relationship Commitment’ with our invited guest all-male panel.

Invited Panel Guests:
Comedian KOJO 
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Along with lead HTB actor
Neil Reidman
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&
Sports-model/Broadcaster
Darren Placid
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Along with Hard Time Bus screenwriter
Owen Mowatt.

Guest Host for the night will be the lovely:
Ms Jenni Steele
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Before the film there will be fun and games in the bar and just for you our patrons a live DJ set with lovely romantic music (soft soul, lover rocks etc)  played in the bar.

Fun and games include: Kush finding single ladies (including pairs or groups) a vetted gentleman seat-fillers to sit close to them (can be right next too also?) to keep our lady guests entertained throughout the night.

Music by Jazzy D.

Book Tickets Here: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/hard-time-bus/

Don’t MISS this fun-filled screening event – you know we screen films like no-one else in the UK, what we do is unique, sheer entertainment and always centred around you; our patrons – You the audience comes first!

After a rude awakening, Mark Bishop`s carefree and complacent lifestyle comes crashing back to reality, forcing him to make hasty plans to marry devoted girlfriend, Denise. He turns to best mate Fitzy for advice only to be ridiculed for not following the ‘Fitzy Rules’ – “never marry and never settle”. Mark’s life begins to unravel as he tries to manage the expectations of those closest to him and soon learns that with complacency comes risk.

Starring: Neil Reidman, Roger Griffiths, Naomi Ryan, Michael Ellis, Tashan Sinclair-Doyle, Anthony Warren & Bailey Patrick.

Written by Owen Mowatt and Directed by Dean Charles
Produced by: Nicola Gregory
2014/ UK / 15 / 85 mins

  • Winner Best Feature – Hollywood Black Film Festival
  • Nominated in several categories at the American Black Film Festival
  • Best Feature at MVSA

Book Tickets Here: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/hard-time-bus/

Date: Thurs 17th March 2016
Time: 7.30pm – Bar/Networking / 8.30pm: Film starts
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW
Tickets: £15 (student £11)

Music by: Jazzy D

For more info:
T: 0203 070 3200
M: 07961 977 749
E: info@kushfilms.com

Twitter: @KushFilmsOnline@Kush_Online
FB: KushFilmsOnline

 

Supported by Media Partners:

www.colourfulradio.com | www.voice-online.co.uk | www.pridemagazine.com
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The Renowned Kush Film Boutique: Back Tue 2nd February 2016

We relaunch the Film Boutique on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 with the film The Perfect Guy starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy & Morris Chestnut.

We have the whole cinema to ourselves so join us for a drink & some music in the bar, beforehand and then thrills on the big screen!

See THE PERFECT GUY on Tuesday 2nd February @ 7.30pm for 8.30pm start at the plush Regent Street cinema.

Don’t miss this intense psychological sexual thriller!
You may well just be more careful whom you date after this!

Tues 2nd February 2016
7.30pm: arrive / 8.30pm: film start
Tickets: £15
Book tickets here:
http://bit.ly/23hIkjU
Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW


What happens when you dump a psychopath? Find out in this nail-biting thriller. Stuck in an unhappy relationship, lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) decides to dump her boyfriend, David (Morris Chestnut). Soon after, she meets Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy). All seems to be going well, and Leah’s friends and family all take to the charming IT consultant. But when Carter gets into a fracas with a stranger at a gas station, she sees a different side to him and decides to break up. But it appears breaking up with him is only the start of her troubles with Carter Duncan… From director David M Rosenthal (A Single Shot) comes this tense thriller starring Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man Holiday), Michael Ealy (2 Fast 2 Furious) and Morris Chestnut (Boyz n the Hood).

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Release date: Nov 2015 / 100 mins / 15

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Supported by short film PREY written by Edith Nwekenta and directed by Sunny King
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A young woman after a night out, is stalked by a psychopath in a car park.
Prey is the first Alfred Hitchcock inspired suspense thriller of its kind in Nollywood Cinema.The film represents a new era for the next generation of Nigerian filmmakers called “New Nollywood”

 

Watch Trailer:

 


This will be followed in March, April and May by a season of new ‘Urban Brit Fliks‘, urban films made by British filmmakers including new films: Hard Time Bus, The Naked Poet and a film we will solely be distributing using a new innovative untried distribution strategy (we will lead the way in providing new opportunities for the distribution of urban/black films) – So we are here now pleased to introduce you to: Lapse of Honour starring extra hot UK grime artiste Lady Leshurr. This is a powerful family drama about love, desolation, aspirations, family break-up and the danger of turning to crime as a source of survival.

Lapse of Honour Final Trailer from Daniel Webb on Vimeo.

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The Kush Film Boutique 2015 (Overview of screenings)

23 December 2015

 

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It’s the end of another year and it has been a satisfying one and we were able to accomplish one of our special goals in relaunching our film club the renowned Kush ‘Film Boutique’. The film club was ended in 2013 after 15 years of fantastic film screening events. It is the UK’s longest running urban film club which has created a platform for black filmmakers since 1998.

Originally known as The Kush Film Club, it was and still is the UK’s première exhibition platform where patrons were the first to enjoy première & exclusive film screenings for films like: The Players Club, Eye’s Bayor, Rush Hour, The Hurricane, Ghost Dog, Belly, The Best Man, The Brothers, Baby Boy, Romeo Must Die, Shaft, Me, Myself & Irene, Love & Basketball, Down To Earth, Roll Bounce, Bullet Boy, Ray, Coach Carter, Beauty Shop, Four Brothers, Hustle & Flow, Better Mus’ Come, Baggage Claim and too many others to mention right now (of course you can read the full list here biog here).

We would like to thank everyone that supported the September 2015 relaunch of the Kush ‘Film Boutique’. As stated in our publicity we wanted to place a special emphasis this time around on screening films that matter – films that focus on social injustice, community development along with other important global matters all with the aim of making a difference.

We screened two important films this year 3½ Half Minutes, 10 Bullets and Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution and the support was fantastic and really, really appreciated by the staff here at Kush. It made it all worthwhile and we most definitely realised (once again) how important the film club was; and how much it was needed and appreciated by you the public.

We would like to THANK all those that turned out for our last special Film Boutique “Revolution” themed event showcasing the acclaimed documentary film ‘Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution’ by master documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson. This event happened on the 17th November 2015 and all took hold of the revolutionary theme wholeheartedly and all came dressed to impress as revolutionaries for the night (berries, afro’s, leather jackets, gloves etc)

It truly was one of the best screenings Kush has organised for quite some time, the atmosphere was tremendous and powerful, it was a great turnout and the sense of comradeship was invigorating.

Watch the video highlights here:

Also if you attended and haven’t seen the pics yet here they are: https://www.dropbox.com/sc/4occp6yr43ckqdi/AACAeItUPKINBrRWl9oZ-HFTa

you can also get high resolution versions of yourself for quality printing from our photographer Sean ‘Love’ Jones at Photolab. Enquiries: Info@kushfilms.com

Also watch the video highlights from our powerful Film Boutique screening and panel debate on 28th September for the harrowing documentary film 3½ Half Minutes, 10 Bullets about the 2012 murder of young Jordan Davis and subsequent trial in Florida, USA.


Have a great Christmas, Kwaanza or just straight Happy Holidays – see you on the other side!
2016 here we come!!

Marlon Palmer
Director

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The New Black Panthers Doc @The Kush Film Boutique

 Come and Join us for a special themed film screening of
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution

 

Kush Films Presents
A day of ‘revolution’ at the Film Boutique
a day commemorating the revolutionary
‘Black Panther Party’

@ The Regent Street Cinema, London – Tuesday 17th November 2015

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“If you have that revolutionary spirit and sympathises with movements and icons like; The Black Panthers, Flower Power, Malcom X, Karl Marx, The Suffragette’s, Marcus Garvey, Che Guevara and others then get ready for this themed event get ready with your: Afro’s, black leather jackets, berets, flak jackets, hippie-threads, dresses, hats & boots – for a day of symbolism: Remembering the revolutionary Black Panther Party and historical acts of revolution!”

Kush Promotions, Choices Consortium & media partners present on Tuesday 17th November a special themed film screening event for the acclaimed and newly released American documentary film Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution directed by Stanley Nelson.

On this day the patrons of the Film Boutique will be able to enjoy great networking whilst enjoying a special revolutionary soul, funk reggae DJ set by the renowned Ronnie Herel plus a special live performance by World-Changer Rapper Mikel Ameen (brother of actor Aml Ameen).

There will be invited guests from the world of film/TV and a special discussion after the film (which we hope will be more of a rallying call for all revolutionaries to step up and state how they plan to make a positive difference in today’s traumatic world).

This will be a reflective event but everything will also be done in an appreciative joyful manner!

For tickets to this event please contact the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW

Bookings:
http://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/the-black-panthers-vanguard-of-the-revolution/
Tel: 0207 911 5050

For more information & press enquiries please contact:

Kush Promotions & PR
Tel: 0208 618 2204 or 0203 070 3200
Email: info@kushfilms.com

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Watch our promo for the event (Checkout our competitions page and win a pair of tickets)

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from Kush Films on Vimeo.

Film Review: 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets (3 ½ Minutes Can Last a Lifetime!)

Written by Orville “Kunga” Dread
04.10.15

 

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“Trayvon’s father text me a couple days after it happened,” he said… “I just want to welcome you to a club that none of us want to be in.” – Ron Davis father of Jordan Davis (February 19, 1995- November 23, 2012)

On Friday November 23 2012 at around 7.30pm, Jordan Davis 17, African-American was shot 3 times by Michael Dunn a 47 year old, white American who took a dislike to the loud ‘rap-crap’ music coming from the vehicle Jordan and his friends were sitting in. 7 more shots were fired as Davis’s teenage friends tried, panic-stricken, to make their escape from the Jacksonville petrol station in middle-class suburbia.
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3 ½ minutes, Ten bullets (2015), is a groundbreaking, access-all-areas documentary by award-winning director Marc Silver (photo) and is both intrusive and intimate. The critically acclaimed film also provides an insightful look at a justice system many consider to be flawed; in a country which purports to uphold the unalienable rights that all men are created equal, yet it’s a country where a black man is up to *40 times more likely to be shot by police than his white counterpart-  (*ProPublica 2014).

“If the facts are against you, then argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If both are against you, put someone else on trial!” – Closing argument of Florida Assistant State Attorney, John Guy.

John Guy the attorney for the state of Florida was also involved in the Trayvon Martin case in a failed attempt to prosecute George Zimmerman; Zimmerman who also felt he had no choice but to defend himself, to stand his ground and to shoot a 17 year old teenager to death. It is this paradox this gripping documentary attempts to scrutinise. How does a man, of apparent good standing, now stand accused of the murder of an unarmed teenager, calmly leave the scene and order a pizza? The film also asks questions of society at large. A society that has been taught to view young Black men as armed, angry and dangerous.

Stand your ground  – “A person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if: He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself”

The controversial section of that law relates to the fact that there is no “duty to retreat,” meaning that in non-stand your ground states one must, in most cases, “first attempt to get away if he or she is able to do so”.

In Florida the state where the two young men, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin were both born, in the same month, and ironically linked in very similar and tragic outcomes. there is no such requirement; in fact the shooter is permitted to “stand his or her ground,” when firing in self defense and does not need to flee. Add to this the ruling that the shooter may have had an “honest but mistaken belief,” that the victim had a weapon then one can easily draw parallels with cases still simmering here in the U.K.
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The mental image of a belligerent Black ‘man’ in baggy pants and a hooded top may well have been enough to convince the majority white white jury to acquit Zimmerman allowing him to walk free, leaving America, once again, having to confront its uncomfortable history of colonisation and entrenched racism.

But Mark Silver (director) does not judge the system; he leaves that to the viewer. As with his previous critically acclaimed docu-feature Who is Dayani Crystal? (2014), the director skillfully connects quiet moments of reflection, with meticulous focus on the minutia, juxtaposed with the cacophony of media orchestrated debate.

In 2012, reporters from the Tamba Bay Times collated over 200 Stand Your Ground cases across the U.S and found that 15.6 percent of those homicides in which a white person killed a black person were deemed justifiable, compared to about 3.4 percent of homicides in which the perpetrator was black and the victim was white – (WJCT, Rhema Thompson, 2014).

Lucia McBath, the softly-spoken, god fearing mother or Jordan Davis, now turned vehement anti-gun campaigner, has called the Stand Your Ground law as ‘legalised lynching’, feeling it disproportionately targets young black men.
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Silver’s film shows very little anger; tears, yes. But what is perhaps most haunting is the, almost child-like nature of Dunn, his ascribed white privilege making it impossible for him to acknowledge any guilt and the almost ‘matter-of-fact’ nature of Jordan’s friends, who despite barely escaping with their lives on that fateful evening as bullets pierced their vehicle and pierced through the body of their friend, seem almost accepting that Black youth in America are viewed a certain way

“Thug is the new ‘N’ word. That’s how ‘they’ be pursuing us now ‘N’ word is out ‘thug’ is in. They don’t want to be seen, (pause), ‘wrong’ so they use ‘thug’ instead of the ‘N’ word”. – Tevin Thompson, friend of Jordan Davis, 3 ½ minutes Ten Bullets.

There are also moments of humor as the young friends reflect upon their friendship with Jordan; joined by the dead boy’s father, Ron Davis a retired Delta airlines employee, they eat burgers and discuss how bad he was at basketball but how he would still want to keep on playing in order to improve, “but he was just too fast for the ball!” – Tevin Thompson. Mr Davis, who has been divorced from Jordan’s mother for a number of years, mentions how Jordan was an athlete and should have done track or baseball. They all agree.
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Ron Davis and other fathers have bemoaned the fact that the women are often the voices heard and images portrayed whenever a tragedy such as the death of his son is played out in the media but remains a constant ally as both parents are unified in keeping the memory of their son alive and true. Youth from middle class America, existing far from the stereotypical lexicon of a crime riddled neighborhood, should not be in fear of flying bullets and Silver is careful in showing that these youth who are not from the concrete ghettos of America but from an environment of freshly cut lawns and regular jaunts to the nearby beach still do not escape the maelstrom of America’s racailised myopia.

“When I arrived in Jackosonville Fl, I was struck by how everyone drives everywhere. Hardly anyone walks! These two people just happened to meet at a petrol station and had an argument. An argument which lasted just 3 ½ minutes”. Marc Silver

This is a important and brave film on many levels and is a must watch as it makes America look at itself once again but perhaps more importantly it asks hard questions of the viewer. That initial feeling when faced with a group of young Black teenagers. What is the default emotion?

3 ½ minutes, Ten Bullets is in UK cinemas Now – check your local cinema for details.

The Kush Film Boutique hosted an exclusive screening of the documentary at the Regent Street Cinema – check out a snapshot of our event below:

article by Orvil Kunga  / @kungadred –  Orvil kunga founder of Welcome to Busseywood and Adrinkra Arts Collective